Lessons from the Opposition

18 Mar

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” – Newton’s Third Law of Motion

This Law of Physics has a practical application in Life. I first heard it expressed by my spiritual mentor and Elder Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha many years ago when she shared how she measures the strength of her declaration to the Universe (i.e. goal, project, intention, etc.) by the strength and size of the opposition that comes back at it.

Most of us have been taught to retreat when we experience resistance. Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha welcomes it as a positive indicator!

According to noted author Fred Alan Wolf, PhD, “Resistance arises in each transformation. This is the transformational process itself.”

Athletes understand this principle. Any long distance runner will tell you about the cramps and the pain that starts up about three-quarters of the way through the race. Champions run through the pain. The Resistance.

That’s just one example.

When we experience opposition we can’t afford to shrink from it. We have to hold our ground and press on. That’s how we succeed – regardless of the goal.

When we speak up or take a stand on an issue or Principle, the opposition is likely to come back strong and heavy. The important thing to remember is to stay focused on our intent and allow that energy to be what fuels our moving ahead. We don’t shrink back or accept defeat.

“Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you and destroying your design.” Oprah Winfrey

We come from a culture of “make-wrong” therefore it’s almost instinctual for us to react to opposition as the “sign” that we are “wrong” or “bad” or worse. Actually, it means we’re “on target.” We need to become a culture of “make-right.”

Celebrate the opposition because it means you’re on track to your target. Don’t let others sway you. And don’t let the “bullies” become the wall you can’t break through – whether physically or in your mind. That “committee of voices” can be pretty formidable at times. Use it.

-Deborah Adler

“If your outcome is not achieved this time you’ll get it next one, or next one… Persist. As soon as you have no doubt it is yours. Now is the time to focus more and push through.” Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha


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©2011 Deborah Adler. All rights reserved. (NOTE: ALL quotes and/or materials from other authors or sources remain the sole property of the original authors/source.)

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